Careers in Forensic Science January 8, 2014
Forensic Science: The application of science to evidential items handeled in a crime lab
Criminalist: One who analyses, characterizes and identifies physical evidene, forms and opinion
and testifies to their opinion in a court of law.
What are the functional areas?
*what does a criminalist do?
Analyze physical evidence, conduct research or studies, prepares a written report, testify to their
results in court, respond to crime scenes, collect evidence, reconstruct what happened at a
crime scene. Tends to be Californian.
*What do forensic scientists do?
Used mostly in eastern systems
Probably a better descripers
Generally more focused/specialized.
What are the duties if you analyze drugs and clandestine labs?
Use fancy instruments to get results
What about Blood, breath alcohol jobs?
Testify in court
Be able to explin that all ppl are unsafe at .08%
This requires one to be much more proactive in the use of opinion testimony